Monday, July 19, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
We started out making the typical pine cone bird feeder but soon discovered that it fed much more than just the birds.
Basic materials needed:
- Pine cone or the likes
- Peanut Butter
- Something to spread peanut butter
- Book about topic (we used Stranger in the Woods)
- String to hang feeder
- Read Book
- Smear, paint, clump, and spread peanut butter on pine cone ( A good time to ask the children why we are using peanut butter and what the best tool for application is?)
- Sprinkle, stuff, and pat seeds into pine cone
- Ask what kind of bird they might see eating from the feeder ( this is a great opportunity to pull out a book about birds.)
- You can also explore the idea of other animals using the feeder.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Toot & Puddle is a simple book about two friends with different ideas for fun and adventure. In the story they demonstrate how to respect each others differences by being true to oneself while being a kind friend. After a year of separate adventures they reunite at their home in Woodcock Pocket. This book carries a wonderful message.
Aside from the sweet story and adorable illustrations done in watercolor, many a lesson can be pulled from this content. I love a book like that! Here are some topics I plan to explore.
- Maple syrup
- Post Cards
- Around the world cultures
- Calendar (months)
- Mona Lisa , Van Gogh
- Cultural celebrations
- Adventure at home
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
* Talked about body parts, how they work. "What color is the brain?" and "How does your brain grow" were questions that a 4 year old asked.
* Painting opens a ton of topics to explore:
Texture of paint
Paint tools and care of tools (how to clean brushes)
* Observe facial features in mirror.
Remind them of their observations when creating their own face on the paper.
* In the end, teamwork was needed to finish painting.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
As you teach your child to hold their scissors properly and cut on the lines, you may be uncovering a world of opportunity for them. America's premier silhouette artist, Karl Johnson , started cutting at only 10 years old. Since then Karl estimates he has FREEHAND cut hundreds of thousands of silhouette images nationally, including being commissioned by Disney Hong Kong. Not only amazing but inspiring too, Karl has vision in only one eye. He is forced to see the world differently and in that wonderful, timeless silhouette art is created.
Luckily, just in time for Father's Day Karl will be cutting silhouettes by appointment @ 12053 Ventura Place in Studio City from 10 am - 2 pm. Please contact the store at 818-766-9177 for your appointment or email email@example.com for details. And Karl will be cutting silhouettes at Cupcake in Santa Rosa. Please contact the store for an appointment 707-579-2165.